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Two injured in Monday morning crash north of Brooten

A teenager and her passenger were taken to Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood with injuries after two vehicles collided Monday morning on Stearns County Road 18 .

A rolled over vehicle in a ditch in Stearns County on July 18, 2022.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said distracted driving is believed to be a contributing factor in a crash Monday morning north of Brooten.
Contributed / Stearns County Sheriff's Office
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BROOTEN — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday in Stearns County north of Brooten.

The vehicles collided on Stearns County Road 18 in North Fork Township, south of County Road 25, according to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

A 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by Harley Roering, 17, was traveling north on County Road 18 when the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a 2019 Chevrolet van driven by Pedro Zaragoza, 35, of Willmar. The Roering vehicle overturned in the east ditch, and the Zaragoza vehicle stopped on the west side of the road.

Roering and her juvenile passenger were taken to the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood for treatment. Zaragoza was uninjured.

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According to the release, distracted driving was believed to have contributed to the crash.

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The Brooten Fire Department, Brooten Ambulance and Belgrade/Brooten Police Department also responded to the scene.

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